NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED ANYTHING DAY
Chocolate lovers rejoice on National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! December 16th offers the chocolate day you’ve been waiting for. On this day, dip and drizzle your favorite foods in every kind of chocolate imaginable. If you could cover anything in chocolate, what would it be? So many foods improve when we dip them in chocolate. Businesses have been built on a foundation of dipping food into chocolate. Whether you pick up a chocolate fountain or order a bouquet of a beautiful arrangement of chocolate-dipped fruit, celebrate!
But fruit isn’t the only food meant for dipping in chocolate. Oh no. Other foods cry out for chocolate, too. Have you tried chocolate-covered peanuts, cashews, or walnuts? Pretzels undergo a divine transformation when dipped in chocolate, and they even have a national day of their own. Pound cake and gummy candies taste delicious with chocolate and especially my favorite POPCORN! If you love coffee, how can you pass up chocolate covered coffee beans? The list goes on. What’s you’re favorite covered chocolate covered anything? Let me know in the comments!
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day Activities
Support a local chocolatierWith the rise of commercial chocolate production, it’s been lost on many just how difficult and delicate the art of chocolate making is. This December 16, find a chocolatier and give something new a try. You may realize the expertise, creativity, and boldness of an artist committed to pushing the boundaries in chocolate making is a different, and better, experience entirely than the same old bar you always buy.
Have a dipping partyFor a real holiday treat, get a group of a friends together to split the cost of a chocolate fondue fountain—you can rent them or buy them. At the party, have on hand the basics, like fruit, cookies, and marshmallows, but also encourage your guests to bring something wacky to try dipped in chocolate. Steak? Pickles? Bugs? Anything goes at a chocolate dipping party.
- Have a photo shoot Christmas is a little over a week away, the house is decorated, and the whole family is in town for a party, so why not break out the camera with your colorful chocolate treats? Strawberries, bananas, kiwis, cherries, and orange slices are all rich in color in addition to taste, so incorporating these into your holiday snapshots could add a little more spice to your Christmas photos.
Why do we love this Holiday?
Chocolate is versatileDrink it or eat, melt it or freeze it, have it bitter or have it sweet. These are but a few of the ways we can enjoy chocolate, and everyone seems to have a strongly preferred favorite. But this versatility is what makes chocolate such an exciting ingredient to include in dishes. It can at a sweetness or bitterness to an otherwise acidic or spicy meal, as in mole, or it can complement nicely the salty notes of, say, potato chips. There’s plenty of room for creativity on National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.
Chocolate is healthySpeaking specifically about dark chocolate (that is any bar that contains between 70 and 85 percent cocoa), there are ample health benefits you can get from what many believe to be merely a dessert. In 100 grams of dark chocolate, you receive almost 100 percent of the daily recommended intake of manganese, nearly 90 percent of necessary copper intake, and about 67 percent of your needed iron intake. So as you’re covering that oreo in dark chocolate this December 16, you can tell everyone you’re doing it for your health.
Chocolate is like falling in love
How to Observe Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Pick up some chocolate covered anything or try your hand at dipping your favorite food in chocolate. Invite friends to join you and share in the experiment.
Try these suggestions:
Bananas, peanut butter, Cookies, Potato chips, Orange wedges, Ritz crackers, Biscotti, Peanut brittle, Marshmallows, Fudge Shortbread, Bacon, and of course, Ice cream! Don't forget to check out our amazing chocolate covered items at our local store!